After buying portable dvd player (& cheap sony in ear phones), and never being able to watch tv/dvd's loud at night due to waking little boy in bed, ive been reseaching surround sound headphones for the last 2 days. Ive come up with the obvious 3 choices....Sony MDR-DS3000's, Pioneer SE-DIR800C's & Philips HD1500's. I know its probably not right asking which ones are best because different users will have different views but hopefully if i explain my needs somebody may point me in right direction. I understand the concept that all 3 will work if fed with a digital feed from my dvd player or Sky+ Movie channlels 1,2,3 (doly digital) but after ringing the tech department of all 3 companies today i was surprised that only the Sony's will decode the bitstream sent out from an optical output from my portable DVD player (the player itslef cant decode DTS or DD into 5.1, just 2 channel sound if sent out through mic output). Also the other 2 wouldnt decode sound from general terrestrial programmes into DD Pro Logic II but the Sony would. Is this true or have i been misinformed? If anything id've thought the more expensive philips/pioneers would be able to decode. Im wondering if this is the case with the Sony's too but the advisor may be wrong...sound sillys i know but as these are cheaper im not sure & dont want to part with cash without being certain. Even though the sound may not be up to the Pioneers & Philips, if it'll decode & output sound from my portable dvd player & also turn 2 channel sound from my sky+ optical cable (foootball, Eastenders etc) into DD Pro-Logic II then i will go for the Sony's. Thanks in advance for any advice/replies.